Macadamia Hat

from Mary Ann Stephens Knits

Macadamia Hat Pattern


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Macadamia Hat Macadamia Hat by Mary Ann Stephens
Macadamia Hat Macadamia Hats by Mary Ann Stephens

Pattern Details:

Pattern Details

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Women, Girls



Skill Level:

small skill level requirement Beginner

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • basic knowledge of circular fair isle knitting and chart reading required

Pattern Description:

A knitter wrote to me, proclaiming that after she knit one of my Fair Isle / Norwegian patterns that featured a simple, symmetrical motif, without any shaping, she was officially "nuts" about stranded knitting and hoped I'd come up with a "next step" hat design. I answered her request with this Macadamia Hat, which has a unique motif, to advance her chart-reading skills a bit, yet simple shaping, separate from the chart work, to keep things easy.

I hope you enjoy it!


Gauge: In stockinette stitch, with colorwork
Youth 20 stitches over 4" / 10cm
Adult 18 stitches over 4" / 10cm
XL Adult 16 stitches over 4" / 10cm

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Finished circumference:
  • Youth = 17 1/2" / 44.7cm at gauge = 20 sts over 4" / 10cm
  • Adult = 19 1/2" / 49.7cm at gauge = 18 sts over 4" / 10cm
  • XL Adult = 22" / 55.9cm at gauge = 16 sts over 4"/ 10cm


  • Two contrasting 50g / 13/4 oz balls of Dale of Norway "Hegre" 100% pure new wool yarn.
  • Youth sample: A = 1 ball of deep olive #8972; B = 1 ball of light sheep heather #2931.
  • Adult sample: A = 1 ball of cerulean #6054; B = 1 ball of light sheep heather #2931.

You Will Also Need:

  • Suggested needles:
  • Youth size: US #6 / 4.0mm for ribbing and US #7 / 4.5mm for main portion.
  • Adult size: US #7 / 4.5mm for ribbing and US #8 / 5.0mm for main portion.
  • XL Adult size: US #8 / 5.0mm for ribbing and US #9 / 5.5mm for main portion.
  • You can use a set of double-pointed needles, one long (32" or longer) circular needle with the "magic loop" technique, or two circular needles - whichever method you prefer.

Suggested yarn:

160 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Dale of Norway Hegre


Any two contrasting colors your heart desires!

About Designer

About Designer

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Hi! My name is Mary Ann Stephens. My mother taught me how to knit when I was 5. I've always loved knitting, but I never became madly obsessed with it until I made a little Norwegian sweater while expecting my first son. After my third son was born, rather than return to my very family-UNfriendly Wall St. career, I started, which specializes in Norwegian and Fair Isle knitting. ...

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